County narcotics police in two raids this month seized 31 marijuana plants worth $40,000 and charged four people with possession with intent to distribute.
Acting on an informant's tip, officers from theCarroll County Narcotics Task Force seized six of the plants in a Wednesday night raid on a home in the 4600 block of Bartholow Road in Sykesville.
Cpl. John Burton, supervisor of the task force, said during a press conference Thursday that the raid was conducted after an investigation by the Marijuana Crop Eradication Unit of the state police.
In addition to marijuana plants growing in the backyard, police said they found nine guns, drug paraphernalia, plastic bags and packaging material in the home.
Burton said several parts of the plants were found drying inside pant legs in closets in the home.
Police arrested William Craig Belsinger, 32, and Evelyn Marie Belsinger, 25, and charged them with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance -- a charge stemming from the allegations of drug distribution from their home, Burton said.
Jerry A. Benesch, 39, and Gayle A. Benesch, 40, were arrested and also face the same possession and manufacturing charges as the Belsingers.
No weapons charges were filed as of late Friday.
The Belsingers were being held Friday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
Burton said25 plants were seized in an Aug. 15 raid on a home in the 1800 blockof Valhalla Drive in Finksburg.
A .38-caliber gun was seized in the raid, Burton said.
The Benesches were released from the CarrollCounty Detention Center on $25,000 bond.
POLICE LOOK FOR SUSPECTS
City, state and federal officials were still searching late Friday for suspects in a bank robbery, and in a separate incident, the attempted armed robbery of a county service station.
Westminster City Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for a suspect who held up the Vermont Federal Savings and Loan at routes 140 and 97.
The robbery occurred around 2:30 p.m. Aug. 15 when a man walked up to the bank counter, pulled out a gun and demandedmoney from two employees.
He escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
City Lt. Dean Brewer said the suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 35 years old, between 5 feet 9 and 6 feet 1, and with a medium complexion and a mustache.
He weighs about 200 pounds and has a muscular build, police said.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Brewer at 848-4646.
State police were looking for a man who attempted to hold up Margaret's Service Stationon Old New Windsor Pike also on Aug. 15.
The suspect fled empty-handed when the store's owner, 84-year-old Margaret Rumbold, refused to hand over any money.
The suspect is described as a white male inhis late teens or early 20s. He was wearing a yellow pullover shirt and a light-colored bandanna at the theft attempt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at 848-3111.
TWO ROB DRUGSTORE
SYKESVILLE -- Two men with a handgun robbed McDougall's Pharmacy at 887 Sandosky Road early Friday afternoon of an undisclosed amount of money and drugs, Sykesville police said.
Two white males intheir late teens or early 20s entered the store through the front door at 12:20 p.m., police said. They locked the door, showed the handgun to the manager and clerk and took the money and drugs, police said.
No one was injured in the holdup, police said.
Police said they could not release information about the type of drugs or the amount of money stolen.
The two men, both with short blond hair and wearing light-colored T-shirts and shorts, were last seen on Route 32 heading toward Howard County in a white Toyota, police said.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 795-0757.
LITTLE GEORGE'S ROBBED
SMALLWOOD -- A Glen Burnie man was being held on $60,000 bail in the county detention center Friday after state police charged him with breaking and entering and theft at Little George's Convenience Store.
Police said they charged John Wesley Hoey after they found him attempting to cut open the store safe with a torch 1 a.m. Friday. The door to the store, at Route 32 and Deer Park Road, was open, police said.
Police said they also found cigarettes and videotapes stacked in a box and checks from another safe in Hoey's pockets. Some tools were found in the store, police said.
3 THEFTS REPORTED
State police at the Westminster barracks reported the following incidents of breaking and entering and theft:
* William E. Bollinger of the 3000 block of Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, reported thatsomeone entered his home Wednesday or Thursday and took $2,179 worthof musical instruments.
* Beverly Ann Johnson of the 7200 block of Slacks Road, Sykesville, reported that someone entered her home between 5 and 10 p.m. Wednesday and took a shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle and cash, worth $600.
* Jeff Barnes Chevrolet Oldsmobile Geo Inc. at 6110 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, reported that an AM/FM cassette player valued at $861 was taken from a new 1991 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer.
SHOOTING VICTIM RELEASED
WESTMINSTER -- An 18-year-old Bezold Avenue man had been discharged from University Medical Center in Baltimore after accidentally shooting himself in the chest Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.
Ted William Fick had been cleaning hisRemington 511 shotgun about 2 p.m. when it discharged and struck himin the right side of the chest, state police said.
He was taken by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at the medical center.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
10:54 a.m., Sykesville and Howard County responded to an automatic alarm on Second Ave.
8:40 p.m., Taneytown responded to a silo fire in Frederick County.